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Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy [Hardcover]

Peter Schweizer

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Book Description

Oct. 25 2005
Prominent liberals support a whole litany of policies and principles: progressive taxes, affirmative action, greater regulation of corporations, raising the inheritance tax, strict environmental regulations, children’s rights, consumer rights, and more. But do they actually live by these beliefs? Peter Schweizer decided to investigate the private lives of politicians like the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, the Kennedys, and Ralph Nader; commentators Michael Moore, Al Franken, Noam Chomsky, and Cornel West; entertainers or philanthropists Barbra Streisand and George Soros. Using publicly-available real estate records, IRS returns, court depositions, and their own published statements, he sought to examine whether they lived by the principles they so forcefully advocate.

What he found was a long list of contradictions. Many of these proponents of organized labor had developed various methods to sidestep paying union wages or avoid employing unions altogether. They were also adept at avoiding taxes; invested heavily in corporations they had denounced; took advantage of foreign tax credits to use non-American labor overseas; espoused environmental causes while opposing those that might affect their own property rights; hid their investments in trusts to avoid paying estate tax; denounced oil companies but quietly owned them.

Schweizer’s conclusion is simple: liberalism in the end forces its adherents to become hypocrites. They adopt one pose in public, but when it comes to what matters most in their own lives–their property, their privacy, and their children--they jettison their liberal principles and adopt conservative ones. If these ideas don’t work for the very individuals who promote them, Schweizer asks, how can they work for the country?

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Oct. 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385513496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385513494
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,552,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Working with a broadly inclusive pantheon of "the Left" that places Ralph Nader and Barbra Streisand on equal footing with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, Schweizer (The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty) suggests that liberalism's heroes conduct their lives in ways that prove their philosophy to be "ultimately self-defeating, self-destructive, and unworkable." While acknowledging that conservatives can be high-profile hypocrites as well, Schweizer employs a double standard, arguing that "when conservatives betray their publicly stated principles, they harm only themselves and their families," but when liberals misbehave, they harm their principles first and foremost. Sometimes his research uncovers significant contradictions, as when Schweizer points out that Noam Chomsky, who tends to demonize the military establishment, wrote his first book, Syntactic Structures, with grants from the U.S. Army, the Air Force and the Office of Naval Research. But many of his charges are egregiously hyperbolic, as when he suggests that Cornel West is a "segregationist" because he bought a home in a largely Caucasian suburb. Schweizer clearly knows the limitations of his argument, since he backpedals from many of his most damning statements in his closing remarks. For all its revelations, in the end, this volume reads less like a critique of liberal philosophy than a catalogue of ammunition for ad hominem bloggers. (Oct. 25)
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"Peter Schweizer's Do As I Say (Not As I Do) is an entertaining exposure of the hypocrisy among some prominent liberals. In a series of 11 profiles on leftist icons from Noam Chomsky and Al Franken to Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, Schweizer reveals that the most vocal liberals do not practice what they preach."

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103 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investigative research! Eye-Opening!!!!!!!!! Nov. 4 2005
By M. Rodziewicz - Published on
I picked this book up expecting it to be rather cheesy and mediocre but it truly is an astonishing and detailed record of hypocrisy in America today. From Michael "I don't own a single share of any stock" Moore's collection of Halliburton shares to Nancy "I love the unions" Pelosi's non-union winery, this is a collection replete of head-shaking and shocking revelations that definitely show the concept of "do as I say and not as I do" to be alive and well, particularly on the Liberal left of this nation! A must read for any news or political junkie!
154 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy Nov. 2 2005
By Johnny Verbeck - Published on
This book gives countless examples of liberals who do not practice what they preach. All sorts of people on the left are included, such as politicians like Nancy Pelosi, radical professors like Noam Chomsky, and entertainers like Michael Moore. The claims in this book are all fact-based, and cannot by dismissed by any liberal who will stand by their principals. For instance, the fact that Michael Moore owns Halliburton stock shows that he is profitting from the war in the same way as liberals accuse the Bush admistration of doing.

Of course conservatives are hypocritical too. However, this isn't supposed to be a non-partisan book; it's blatantly partisan, and I love every page of it. Definitely read it if you want to know the truth about these supposed compassionate liberals.
113 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Get " Do As I say " It's a great read! Nov. 1 2005
By Vibrolux45 - Published on
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As I read this book I cant help but agree that Liberalism and those who practice it are in fact dangerous to those of us who prefer to see things as they are not as they appear to be...It is no surprise that the Kennedy's have been very careful not to pay any meaningful taxes as they pass all that wealth along!It is also interesting to note that liberialism as is the case with any Marxist beliefs are in fact designed to control the masses....It has always been that way...those at the top of the liberial power structure talk the talk but generally fail to walk the walk! The entire system is designed for control.....control of funds ....control of people ...control of thought!I think Peter's book pretty much spells out all you need to know about the state of the " Left " in this country....that they dont even listen to there own baloney....they would of course never rely on government health care for themselves! It though is fine for you and me ...the only ideas put forth by the left wing in this country are new ways for them to use taxpayer monies to buy democratic votes!
Check out Al Franken having over 100 people working for him in the last several years and just one minority in the bunch! I guess Al couldn't find any good minority candidates

Update August 31, 2013 ....Congress and the hacks that wrote Obama Care (the Congressional staffers )have voted themselves out of the law and Obama has signed it! just as predicted in 2005 Its funny how things never change ...Obama Care is to bring everybody the same level of medical care ...The Absolute Worst Taxpayer Money Can Buy!
154 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HUMOROUS SKEWERING OF THE LEFT Nov. 3 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on
I'll say it...conservatives can be hypocrites but at least they will admit it. I think that's the one thing that separates the left from the right sometimes. The left's smugness would never allow them to admit such a frailty and that is just what author Peter Schweizer hits on in this wildly entertaining and humorous book. Schwizer goes after the usual list of offenders including the Clintons, Al Franken, and Michael Moore. Moore is particularly grating as his lavish lifestyle is in direct contrast to his grandstanding champion of the common man title he's bestowed upon himself. Also noted is that Moore's own charitable foundation just happens to own a good deal of Halliburton stock! Horrors, Michael! For shame!

But all this isn't just one man's opinion. Schweizer has done his homework, gathering financial records, court documents, news reports, etc, he has come into this book with a lot of ammo. Moore isn't the only liberal investing privately in corporations they publicly whip. You'll read several accounts of rich liberals doing whatever it takes to avoid paying their own taxes while fueling the corporate engines with their investment dollars. And then there's ultra-liberal wacko Noam Chomsky who Schweizer reveals has made millions working for the government.

Oh and what about Hillary who thinks that girls as young as thirteen should be able to get abortions without their parent's consent even while her own daughter Chelsea was forbidden to get her ears pierced. And on it goes...Teddy Kennedy, Ralph Nader, Barbara Streisand...they all are revealed for the hypocrites that they are. Hey, nothing wrong with that...but at least admit it!

100 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was for book reviews Nov. 4 2005
By Bill - Published on
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If you read the pinheads below, you will see such gems as "Even Jesus was a hypocrite" and "Oh also, letting government secrets out is a federal felony crime. Tell that to "scooter" Libby and Karl Rove." What that has to do with this excellent book is...NOTHING! If you ask Steve Phelps to come up with an example of his rant, you will hear the same lame polemic that has been disproven and refuted over and over again. And as for SystemStructure, I would like to clarify that Libby was charged with obstruction of justice, not letting out state secrets. And Rove probably won't be charged with anything. Now if you want to talk about state secrets, look at Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J, and John Kerry, BOTH of whom revealed CIA agents' identities and got away with it. THAT is a great example of what this book is all about - LIBERAL HYPOCRISY.

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